Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

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What does a woman do when she discovers her husband is an incurable cheater? If she's Cat DeLuca she launches the Pants On Fire Detective Agency. Now Cat does what two years of unholy matrimony taught her. She catches cheaters.When a client (Cleo Jones) shoots her cheating husband's bum full of buckshot, he disappears, taking her money, dog, and sister with him. Private Investigator Cat DeLuca promises to return the dog and money if her client stops shooting at Walter. Cleo agrees. The detective finds the dog and a mysterious bag chuck-full of cash. And then she finds Walter. His very dead body is still warm. The case is a slam dunk for the cops who arrest Cleo for the murder of her husband. She had motive and opportunity and a dozen witnesses heard her scream bloody murder. One made a video. Cat DeLuca is determined to prove her client's innocence and it's not an easy sell. Walter was an unsavory character with enemies. To find his killer, Cat will have to sift through the ones who didn't pull the trigger. Her investigation leads to four players with secrets: a childhood friend, a gambler, a construction tycoon, and a legendary Chicago designer. When forensic evidence suggests the detective knows more about the murder than she's telling, Cat faces the certain loss of her agency. Cat DeLuca is smart and charming. She's an unlikely heroine and her partner, a beagle named Inga, is quite likely to eat the evidence. "Sticks and Stones" delivers steamy romance, intrigue and laugh out loud humor for a wickedly delicious read.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781590589212
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Sticks & stones


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Dec 07, 2016

Caterina (Cat) DeLuca owns the Pants on Fire Detective Agency. Detective work comes naturally to her as a member of an extended Italian police family. A video gone viral shows up on the internet with her assistant, Cleo Jones, threatening to kill her cheating husband. Cleo’s husband is found dead, and Cleo is the prime suspect. Warned to stay away by Captain Bob, the Chicago police chief and a family friend, Cat becomes entangled in the investigation. With the help of her FBI boyfriend and two former clandestine operatives, Cat delves into a 20-year-old cold case and uncovers evidence of blackmail. The investigation comes to a fast paced, suspenseful conclusion as Cat prepares to be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding.

Nov 09, 2015

An easy read that reminds me greatly of Stephanie Plum. the kind of novel good for a rainy afternoon

(Staff) Elaine Bird Apr 18, 2013

Another fun female PI series. "Cat" has her own agency "Pants on Fire Detective agency" because she mainly tracks down lying and cheating husbands. This time she's in the middle of a murder investigation. Her family (mainly cops) tries to help her and it all gets resolved in the end with bruises and laughter along the way. A very enjoyable read.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

If you like Janet Evanovich please try “Sticks and Stones” written by three Larsen sisters (Julianne, Kristen and Kari). Cat (Caterina) de Luca runs the “Pants on Fire Detective Agency”. Most of her work involves catching philandering husbands. Cat puts all of her cases on hold to help her assistant Cleo, who is accused of killing her ex-husband Walter. Cat is also a suspect in this case as she was the one who found Walter dead in his home office. Cat’s family reminds me of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.Cat’s mom’s withholds cannoli when she is disappointed in her daughter and all of Cat's relatives are police officers. A hilarious, action-packed mystery.

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